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Dusk and Barb by Stratus35 Dusk and Barb by Stratus35
This drawing is a big experimentation. I'll now be working more in digital art since I finally got a laptop that can use photoshop. Right now is a bit of an adjustment period trying to develop a style to do this in. I like this style in terms of the line work but will probably do something different with the shading. I'm also trying out making an AU storyline which is something I've never done before but always wanted to try!

This AU is basically a gender swapped version of Equestria and follows the endeavors of the Mane 6. This universe while similar in some aspects to the main universe is different in others since not all the events that take place happened the same way.

Here we have Dusk Shine the faithful student of Prince Solaris and his trusty assistant Barb. A studious young unicorn wanting to learn as much about the world and magic as he can. He was enrolled into Solaris' school for gifted unicorns when he saw potential in the young colt. Barb came into his life while on a school trip he discovers an abandoned egg and decided to hatch it as a school project, the two became inseparable ever since.

That's about it for now, but I'll add more to this description if I feel it would be necessary. If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to ask :D
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amalgamzaku Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I always love stories and images with Dusk Shine and the rest of the mane six. All doe this version seems to have a much more pronounces masculine features then what I have seen before, with the more pronounces muzzle  which I do really like. Keep it up.
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Stratus35 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it. I've been wanting to do something with the male Mane 6 for awhile now. I do have something in mind and hope to get it started very soon.
The way I drew Dusk was pretty experimental. I was trying for a new style in how I draw stallions in general, I really liked it at the time but now I'm not so sure. :\ I'm wanting to style them In a way that I can draw their muzzles in front view that I like. It took a longer time than I thought, but I think this is the direction that I want to go in:

Muzzle Practice by Stratus35   Soarin' by Stratus35  what do you think?
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amalgamzaku Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I think the head looks fine, I am more of a fan of the more anatomically correct horse design. Still, I think you could go with the the still marshmallow look like your Mac and Caramel design. and I think you would be better to redesign the body itself rather then just the head. With a more adult head you need an adult body to go along with it. So I would say to do away with the kiddy designs. For dusk seeing his bookish demeanor, so scrawny maybe slightly pudgy around the gut. AJ draft horse for sure, Butterscotch wire frame delicate features, RD small lean tight muscles, Elusive a show horse/pony with finely manicured body, Bubble Berry... could go either way seeing how much sugar he eats. Still, I think you could come up with better or find a better compromises elsewhere.

By the way do you use Discord?
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VividSyntax Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh! Barb! I GET IT!!!! 8D 

Excellent drawing! And it's super exciting that you have photoshop and get to work digitally! I can't wait to see what else you're able to make. 
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Stratus35 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks Viv! I always love hearing from you, I've been working digitally a lot a school and I've really grown to like it.
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StarryOak Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you want to borrow any designs I've made? I... Uh... For the AU?... I'm sorry, I'm already intrigued by the minor change you made to Dusk's backstory and I wanna see more, and.. Uh... Sorry...
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Stratus35 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Oh? Designs for what exactly? OCs?
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StarryOak Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
like
if you have trouble figuring out what to name or draw some characters like
i drew a bunch of genderswap designs
starryoak.deviantart.com/galle…
and obviously if you don't want to it's ok and if you're offended i offered i'm sorry i just
i'm sorry
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Stratus35 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I'm not offended at all don't worry. it's very nice for you to offer.I like to try to make them myself, but If I ever do need a genderswap design I'll be sure to let you know. <3
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StarryOak Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, good,, I was kinda worried that it came off as rude like maybe I was saying that you didn't know how to design things on your own but now that I say that out loud it sounds silly.
I do a lot of them because I have a kind of strange knack for coming up with GS names.
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amalgamzaku Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Nice to see more of your work again, I always love R63 version of Twilight Sparkle especially when he is shipped to Luna. Keep up the good work.
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Stratus35 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hey Amalgam great to hear from you! How you been? and Thanks a bunch, I've been interested in the the R63 mane 6 and just the idea of a R63 au in general so I thought it be interesting to tackle. Funny you mention shipping as there will be a developing romance with later on. I don't want to say who it is but it's one my favorite ships I'm really excited.
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amalgamzaku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I've been doing fine, things are getting back together again. I hope that you will do a few scene with Dusk/Luna in them, I will be looking forward to see it.
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